Governors have launched a constitutional amendment campaign dubbed Ugatuzi Initiative which among other things is seeking to change the structure of the executive to include a powerful prime minister position.

In the bill, the governors have proposed to have prime minister position and Cabinet Secretaries to be appointed from among MPs.

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The governors want the current executive structure tweaked to include the president as the head of state, deputy president, prime minister as head of government and two deputy prime ministers.

The bill also proposes 18 ministers and 22 deputies appointed from among MPs and a strong Opposition leader with a shadow Cabinet.

Also, the Ugatuzi Initiative Bill proposes that voting be made compulsory for all Kenyans who attain 18 years and above.

Speaking after a meeting convened in Westlands, Nairobi, CoG chair Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said Ugatuzi Initiative aims to have more resources trickle down to counties.

He said the proposal if passed in a popular referendum will see counties receive not less than 45% of previous year’s national revenue.

 “The main focus of the Ugatuzi Initiative is to ensure counties get more resources and give counties more financial autonomy,” said Oparanya.

The bill further roots for Ugatuzi establishment of a County Assembly Fund and grant MCAs benefits applicable to MPs.

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